Rating: 6.5/10 Release: 30 Oktober 2014 Label: Independent Buaiteoir (my translation is Gaelic for “Winner” or “Champion”) is a new Folk Metal project from Brazil who have just released their first EP entitled Tionscnamh (which I am translating as “Beginning”) There are definitely some promising things happening here. Multi-instrumentalist and …Continue reading →
Helsott from southern California US have released an amazing album recently called Woven. It is there first full length album following the release of an EP called Folkvangr in 2011. With a blend of thrash and pagan metal influences it became of one of favs of 2014. I spoke with Eric Dow (vocalist) to see how things are faring in the Helsott camp and their plans for the near future…… First of all, congratulations on one of my favorite albums of 2014. How has the album been received so far? Thanks, I am glad you enjoy the album. The reception for Woven thus far has been very positive. We have been humbled yet again by our amazing fans.
Rating: 8/10 Release: 24 November 2014 Label: Napalm Records To try to categorize The Flight Of Sleipnir is not an easy task. I am sure if you asked 5 different people who listened to their newest release “V” you would probably get 5 different genre tags….doom, stoner, folk, viking, even …Continue reading →
Rating: 7/10 Release: 15 November 2014 Label: Independent I first became acquainted with Drakum about a month ago while doing a podcast and we played “Around The Oak” from the EP of the same name from 2011. I found it to be instantly catchy and heavy. This 8 piece from …Continue reading →
Rating: 10/10 Release: 21 November 2014 Label: Metal Blade Records Equal parts hypnotizing, dismal and uplifting, Primordial have once again released an incredible album with Where Greater Men Have Fallen. I would be hard pressed to think of another artist in any genre that really makes me ponder existence like …Continue reading →
Rating: 9,5/10 Release: 26 August 2014 Label: Independent You may see “Pagan Metal” listed next to a description of Helsott’s style and if you are not into Pagan Metal you may decide not to listen. You would be doing yourself a great disservice to say the least. Is it Pagan …Continue reading →
Rating: 6,5/10 Release: 31 October 2014 Label: Einheitd Produktionen If you haven’t heard them before you may be in for a bit of a surprise as they lean closer to Pagan or Black Metal or even some Power/Thrash than maybe Viking Metal given their name/appearance. I can honestly say I …Continue reading →
Rating: 7/10 Release: 12 November 2014 Label: Independent This EP from Spain’s Incursed is their first release in two years to the day since the triumphant Fimbulwinter which I listened to many times. There is a total of 5 songs here, two new tracks (“Beer Bloodbath” and “Raging Wyverns”) from …Continue reading →
2015 has been very productive for the forest dwellers of Selvans. With an EP from earlier this year (“Clangores Plenilunio”) to the dark and black epicness of their new first album “Lupercalia”, this Italian duo have created an amazing legacy in a short amount of time thus far. We sent …Continue reading →
Congratulations with the new mini-album, it’s a very nice one. The first thing I noticed is it is called a mini-album and not EP, is there a special reason for that? In fact, as for me, I do not see any difference. We do not repeat ourselves and if we give a new life to already recorded songs in a next album, in any way they sound in a different way. As for a format of the mini-album, it is called in this way, because it is an integral and self-sufficient work. The cover-song’s mood fitted into it naturally, since it is also about the Freedom, about a wide-open spaciousness of a free person’s soul. By the way, thank you for congratulations! Vinyl, as a record carrier, is a new phenomenon for us, and we tried to correspond to qualitative sound standards. Moreover, Oprich has never had such verified and dense sound before, as on this mini-album. I cannot but note Mikhail Romanov’s really filigree (who not just recorded all parts of folk instruments, but also carried out mixing of songs) and Yuriy Kuz’kin, who is responsible for mastering. The Russian and the Ukrainian together did their best – and this way of things must be forever!